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Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE: Powerful but superfluous smartphone

Not much new in the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
Not much new in the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G New Edition (NE) turned out to be a sham in our review. Although it offers a few new features, there are no real advantages for the customer.
Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

We found the Redmi Note 8 update to be a questionable product policy, but Xiaomi has carried it over to the mid-range and upgraded the Mi 11 Lite 5G in the same year, which is unnecessary from our point of view.

The Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE is indistinguishable from its predecessor in terms of looks, unless one of the new color options is chosen. It sports a 6.55-inch AMOLED display that can operate at 90 Hz, a 4,250 mAh battery, a triple-camera setup that has a 64 MP sensor from Samsung at its core, as well as an identical MSRP with the same amount of storage.

And the differences? You only notice them when taking a very close look at the spec sheet. First of all, there's the different processors, but the New Edition actually comes with the weaker SoC. Secondly, Xiaomi has chosen the older Gorilla Glass 5 for the 11 Lite 5G NE instead of the more resistant Gorilla Glass 6 that was used in the Mi 11 Lite, but there's a protective film installed out of the box - a weak consolation.

In fact, the new model supports a few additional mobile network bands, and its display's color reproduction is more accurate when the corresponding settings are adjusted. In return, however, the panel has about 8% less brightness.

So is the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE a bad smartphone? No, not at all. It's just annoying that Xiaomi compromises compared with the the predecessor and offers a smartphone that is weaker in parts for an identical MSRP eight months later, and still advertises it as a New Edition.

At the time of writing, the predecessor model is cheaper (among others on Amazon), and as long as this is the case, there's no reason to buy the newer model unless the color choice is the decisive factor.

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Daniel Schmidt
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - 439 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
As a child I was fascinated by my Commodore 16, and this sparked my enthusiasm for computers. Using my first modem, I surfed the BTX videotext system and later the World Wide Web. I have always been captivated by the latest technologies, and this is especially true for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I’ve been part of the Notebookcheck team since 2013 and have also on occasion written for, and I’m looking forward to testing new innovations for our readers. I like to spend my spare time indulging in photography and barbecues and being with my family.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 515 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-12-27 (Update: 2021-12-28)